Space 'X'

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Space 'X'

Postby cycleruk » 30 May 2020, 8:50pm

Just watched the live (on the PC) launch of the Space X rocket on its way to the ISS. The first stage came back to earth to land on a ship so that it can be used again. 9 years since the USA last sent men up with this being the first manned launch by a private company. Flawless take-off and flight so far. Connects to the ISS on Sunday morning.
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Re: Space 'X'

Postby merseymouth » 30 May 2020, 9:08pm

Hope they comply fully with social distancing rules? Don't want a space variant form of Covid19! :roll: MM

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Re: Space 'X'

Postby [XAP]Bob » 31 May 2020, 2:50pm

merseymouth wrote:Hope they comply fully with social distancing rules? Don't want a space variant form of Covid19! :roll: MM


They have, as ever, been in quarantine for over two weeks.

They do try rather hard not to let bugs up there!
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Re: Space 'X'

Postby kwackers » 31 May 2020, 4:25pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:They have, as ever, been in quarantine for over two weeks.

They do try rather hard not to let bugs up there!

I was watching an interview with an astronaut who was talking about how 'rank' it was up there.
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Re: Space 'X'

Postby Graham » 31 May 2020, 4:35pm

Why are there no environmental audits on these privateering maniacs ??

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Re: Space 'X'

Postby rjb » 31 May 2020, 5:02pm

kwackers wrote:
[XAP]Bob wrote:They have, as ever, been in quarantine for over two weeks.

They do try rather hard not to let bugs up there!

I was watching an interview with an astronaut who was talking about how 'rank' it was up there.
Confined spaces, recycled air, smelly humans with their obnoxious digestive systems and little in the way of personal grooming products.


And no hairdresser :shock:
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Re: Space 'X'

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 31 May 2020, 5:04pm

Space X use gyros which utilise the Fiber optic gyros which contain the optical fibers I make. It’s always nice to see the fruits of my labours doing fun stuff.

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Re: Space 'X'

Postby [XAP]Bob » 31 May 2020, 5:43pm

kwackers wrote:
[XAP]Bob wrote:They have, as ever, been in quarantine for over two weeks.

They do try rather hard not to let bugs up there!

I was watching an interview with an astronaut who was talking about how 'rank' it was up there.
Confined spaces, recycled air, smelly humans with their obnoxious digestive systems and little in the way of personal grooming products.


But not a lot in the way of disease causing microorganisms
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Re: Space 'X'

Postby cycleruk » 31 May 2020, 7:17pm

They have docked and were waiting while checks for leaks before being allowed to open the hatch. I wonder where they went for a leak on the way up. :roll:
I wonder which GPS they used for navigation.? (Garmin or Wahoo!) :wink:
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Re: Space 'X'

Postby kwackers » 31 May 2020, 8:09pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:
kwackers wrote:
[XAP]Bob wrote:They have, as ever, been in quarantine for over two weeks.

They do try rather hard not to let bugs up there!

I was watching an interview with an astronaut who was talking about how 'rank' it was up there.
Confined spaces, recycled air, smelly humans with their obnoxious digestive systems and little in the way of personal grooming products.


But not a lot in the way of disease causing microorganisms

I wasn't actually suggesting there was - just adding to the 'atmosphere'.

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Re: Space 'X'

Postby iandriver » 31 May 2020, 8:11pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:
merseymouth wrote:Hope they comply fully with social distancing rules? Don't want a space variant form of Covid19! :roll: MM


They have, as ever, been in quarantine for over two weeks.

They do try rather hard not to let bugs up there!


Perhaps they have to keep the space suits on for two weeks. Ultimate PPE.
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Re: Space 'X'

Postby Stradageek » 31 May 2020, 8:19pm

cycleruk wrote:Just watched the live (on the PC) launch of the Space X rocket on its way to the ISS. The first stage came back to earth to land on a ship so that it can be used again. 9 years since the USA last sent men up with this being the first manned launch by a private company. Flawless take-off and flight so far. Connects to the ISS on Sunday morning.

I'm not about to be impressed by the wonders of private enterprise. SpaceX is just NASA re-branded, same engineers and all tax payer funded. Except Elon Musk gets a cut :(

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Re: Space 'X'

Postby PDQ Mobile » 31 May 2020, 9:17pm

Is there anyone on here that thinks a man will ever walk on Mars- and come back.
Without a quantum leap in propulsion method and speed it just seems to long.
And the place too grim and inhospitable!

Too expensive too, for no gain that I can see.
Luddite that I am.

I think we should look after this planet a bit more.

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Re: Space 'X'

Postby Mike Sales » 31 May 2020, 9:27pm

PDQ Mobile wrote:Is there anyone on here that thinks a man will ever walk on Mars- and come back.
Without a quantum leap in propulsion method and speed it just seems to long.
And the place too grim and inhospitable!

Too expensive too, for no gain that I can see.
Luddite that I am.

I think we should look after this planet a bit more.


Are there not already volunteers?
How long might it take?
Longer than the voyages of Magellan or Drake?

Certainly it is a revolting idea that we can carry on trashing our home planet because we could abandon it. Mars does not seem a good swap! There have been ideas of "terraforming" Mars.
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Re: Space 'X'

Postby Cyril Haearn » 31 May 2020, 9:38pm

Best to try to be sure one is not expecting a baby before whizzing orf for a year in orbit

Expeditions to Mars and further may take many years even decades, might be good to plan to have babies on those in case people get sick or die
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